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Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

Comfortable new-town hotel being incrementally upgraded

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Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

An excellent-value, nearly new hotel in Nicosia’s old town

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Expert overall rating:3.8 (out of 5)

Work-in-progress hotel at the edge of Nicosia's historic centre

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  Nicosia is not generally thought of as a holiday destination, but the city well rewards an overnight – or two, or three – for the sake of its fascinating walled old city, several excellent museums, some of the best restaurants and tavernas on the island and quality nightlife.

The overwhelming majority of hotels are in the southern, Greek-Cypriot-administered zone of Nicosia. Many of these are pitched primarily at the business or conference trade, but I’ve found a handful that serve equally well for a leisure visit – notably the Cleopatra and the Royiatiko.

I’ve also included some lodgings in on the north slope of the Troödos mountains less than an hour’s drive away, which fall into Nicosia administrative district. They make excellent bases for hikers or those touring the painted medieval churches tucked away in these hills.

Things to consider when booking:
● Room rates in Nicosia are fairly constant, with any fluctuations more likely a result of conference-delegate traffic than the season.
● Nicosia – and the Troödos slopes – make an interesting winter break; indeed it’s classed as one of the two high seasons in the mountains by Cypriots, who come to gaze at the novelty of snow. Late summer is the other peak time in the Troödos.
● Cypriot hotels are almost universally overrated by the standards of the wider world – a five-star hotel in Cyprus would generally rate only four stars elseewhere, a four-star establishment just three. I make happy exceptions to this pattern clear in my recommendations.
● In recent years, hotel staff are increasingly from other new EU member-states, in particular central Europe, Ukraine and the Russian Federation. It is entirely possible to spend your entire stay without conversing with a Cypriot. Inevitably a few of the foreign staff are grumpy, but most are excellent.
● Breakfast is almost always included in the room price (except in self-catering facilities), and is generally worth taking.

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I’ve used my two decades of visiting Cyprus for guidebook research, and my extensive network of contacts there, to keep abreast of hotel trends. One of these is plainly evident – problematic establishments have either gone bust, upgraded themselves or been converted to apartments for sale to overseas second-home buyers.

Aside from the 5 establishments listed under Nicosia are several others I’m keeping on eye on with the intent to include in the future, if necessary by replacing the current listings. For the moment, I’ve included a range of places in terms of price, intended clientele (young couples, families with kids, mature travellers) and also facilities.

Aside from that, I have certain other criteria. My Troödos picks in particular need to be open all (or at least most of the) year, and to have somebody at the front desk or at least within hailing distance constantly. And I’ve given preference, where known, to ethical/green restoration projects with a commitment to sustainability – a pressing issue on an island where all fuel must be imported and droughts are a regular occurrence.

Simonseeks has given star ratings out of five for all accommodation recommendations. With hotels, these will tally with the hotel's official star rating where it exists. Where a hotel has no official star rating, and in the case of b & bs and hostels, the experts have made a judgment as to how many stars the accommodation deserves, in terms of comfort, level of facilities and so forth.